DEER PARK, N.Y. (WPIX)—A Long Island man hanged himself Tuesday night in Nassau County jail just hours after a judge found him guilty in the death of a man that occurred in 2004, officials announced Wednesday.
Herve Jeannot, 30, who was convicted of killing Bobby Calabrese, 24, in a murder-for-hire plot, was found dead in his cell in the East Meadow jail. He was apparently found hanging from a bed sheet at 11:45 p.m., according to Nassau County police.
Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m.
Prosecutors claim Jeannot accepted $4,000 from his friend, Mark Orlando, to kill Calabrese -- a bet owner who apparently owed Orlando $17,000.
Nassau County police said it appears Jeannot -- who had faced life in prison at his sentencing Dec. 10 -- committed suicide. However, an official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.
Jeannot had been in jail since March 24, 2009 where he was awaiting his trial.
Jeannot had reportedly faced four trials in six years in 2005 and 2006 -- however, both ended with hung juries. In addition, in 2006, a conviction was reversed when an appellate court overturned it last year.